[QUOTE=c.captain;41308]Sorry to poop on your alma mater, but KP is a military academy FIRST and a maritime training school SECOND. They train future active duty or at least reserve Naval Officers but due to the school’s mission and attachment to MarAd, they throw in the nautical training to legitimize their funding from Congress. My guess is that the school’s leadership would toss out the maritime training in a heartbeat given the chance. Why have they had so many superintendents, etc… from the Marine Corps? Has there ever been a superintendent with an unlimited master’s license or at least who came from a long and successful career as a merchant marine officer (master or chief engineer)? The school has generally always been run by ex Naval officers or lifetime MarAd bureaucrats.
Yes, sea year is unique to KP and one of the positives to say about the school but other than that, the overall training for a seagoing career is not what it should be. What the hell does a regiment have to do with being a merchant marine officer? No, KP “used” to be fine maritime training school but lost that at least 25 years ago. My personal experience is that most KP’ers don’t work out longterm as seafarers but those from all the state schools do.
Of course all of this should be in a poll of it’s own. Who makes the best overall maritime officers? KP, State schools, military service or hawsepipe? Anybody want to start that one here?[/QUOTE]
Oh, you are not pooping on my alma mater. Trust me, I can do enough of that on my own. I see that you aren’t very much aware of the Superintendents, either. KP is very much a maritime school first. It isn’t even part of the Defense Department. Marine Corp? I believe there was only one that was a Marine. You may want to do a bit of research when it comes to that position. As far as the quality of the officer, I don’t believe that any one school, type of school, or hawsepipe makes a difference. I believe that it is the quality of the man, and not his training that makes a good officer. I have worked with/for/under both good and poor officers from all three sources and wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to discredit anyone based upon how they got their license. That would be a case of bad leadership. Nor would I paint with such a broad brush. Seafareres from ALL the state schools work out in the long run? No exceptions? Really.
As far as who makes the best maritime officer? It is the individual that is motivated to be one, regardless of whether or not he attended KP, Mass, Maine, any other school or worked their way up.